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  • Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Institute for Positive Psychology & Education

  • Prof Christopher Lonsdale

    My research examines the motivational underpinnings of behaviour in a variety of contexts, including education, healthcare, and physical activity. I seek to translate this knowledge into feasible and scalable interventions that have benefits for society.

    Phone : 4642 (North Sydney) Email :

  • Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

  • Dr Eva Zopf

    Dr Eva Zopf works for the Supportive Care in Cancer team in ACU's Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, which is lead by A/Prof Prue Cormie. The Supportive Care in Cancer team conducts research focused on the prevention and management of adverse effects of cancer and its treatment. Their work aims to enhance outcomes for people with cancer by developing and evaluating interventions that improve physical, psychological and social wellbeing.
    Eva is an exercise physiologist whose research interest focuses on the role of exercise as medicine for the management of cancer. She graduated with a PhD in Sport Science at the German Sport University in Cologne, Germany and worked at the Edith Cowan University as a postdoctoral research fellow before joining ACU in July 2016. Aside from developing, conducting and evaluating exercise intervention studies in cancer patients, Eva is also dedicated to improving the supportive care services available for cancer survivors. She was involved in developing a concept of exercise medicine for cancer patients in Germany, which has been successfully implemented into the medical setting and is supported by German health insurance companies since 2015.

    Phone : 8105 (Melbourne) Email :

  • Nat Sch Exercise Science

  • Dr Angelica Thompson Butel

    I am an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and lecturer in the Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology with the School of Exercise Science at the Australian Catholic University. I also hold a honorary appointment at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney and I am a research affiliate with the Center of Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery.

    I completed the Bachelor of Applied Science: Exercise and Sport Science at Sydney University in 2007 and a PhD at UNSW in 2014. My PhD was based at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), where I investigated assessment and rehabilitation techniques for stroke survivors. During my PhD I was awarded a number of competitive scholarships including a full PhD scholarship, a top up scholarship (NeuRA), a Special Domestic PhD scholarship (UNSW) and 3 travel bursaries (Stroke Society of Australasia x2 and UNSW x1).

    Since completing my PhD I have continued my research in Neurological rehabilitation and assessment with a special interest in rehabilitation for patients with stroke. I have been involved in a number of studies utilising virtual reality for education and rehabilitation in these populations.

    Phone : (02) 9701 4739 (Strathfield) Email :

  • Nat Sch Psychology

  • Associate Professor Leah Brennan

    Biographical Information

    I am a Clinical, Health, Educational and Developmental Psychologist and an Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at Australian Catholic University Melbourne. My primary areas of research include; (1) the role of psychology in understanding and treating eating, weight and body image concerns and their biopsychosocial comorbidities (e.g., diabetes, depression, stigma), (2) the role of parents in improving child behaviour and well being, and (3) promoting evidence-based practice and the generation of practice-based evidence in 'real-world' settings.

    I am particularly interested in developing and/or evaluating evidence based interventions, conducting intervention trials (including efficacy, effectiveness, implementation) and evaluating the effectiveness of real-world treatment programs. I work closely with a range of hospital, community and private treatment services and have recently lead the establishment of the ACU Clinic for Health Eating and Weight to provide high quality low cost assessment, treatment and support for eating, weight and body image concerns and to facilitate clinical research in this area.

    Phone : 3662 (Melbourne) Email :

  • Dr Carina Chan

    Dr Carina Chan is the Deputy Head of School of Psychology (Brisbane). She joined Australian Catholic University in March 2014. A graduate of the University of Auckland in New Zealand and trained in health psychology, Carina's primary interest and expertise are in the psychosocial aspects of understanding health and health behaviours. She has strong interests in health promotion and the prevention and management of chronic diseases, some of her recent projects included the development and implementation of a community-based Malaysia Diabetes Prevention Program, the development of a diabetes risk representation measure and modification of a diabetes risk assessment tool.

    She has also conducted projects on eating disorders, HPV vaccination, workplace health psychology and psychological assessment. Carina has previously worked in a developing country and has been involved in regional research training and building research capabilities in prevention and management of chronic diseases in South-east Asia.

    Carina was a visiting scientist at Harvard School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is the President of the Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine (ASBHM) and the inaugural chairperson of INSPIRE (International Network for Supporting Promising Individual Researchers in their Early career) at the International Society of Behavioural Medicine. She is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Behavioral Medicine and Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being.

    Phone : 7891 (Brisbane) Email :

  • Dr Cynthia Turner

    I am a Clinical Psychologist with a clinical and academic interest in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and related disorders such as tics, Tourette Syndrome and body dysmorphic disorder. Most of my work is in the field of child and youth mental health. My academic focus is on the development and evaluation of intervention programs for young people and their families.

    Phone : 6097 (Brisbane) Email :

  • Nat Sch of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

  • Dr Sandra Miles

    RN, RM, PhD, MN (Child & Adol Nurs), BN, CCYPN

    Sandra is a Lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine at ACU, based in sunny Brisbane at the McAuley at Banyo campus. She has been teaching nursing for over 25 years, specialising in research supervision, paediatric and child & adolescent health nursing and nurse immunisation.

    Sandra is a Research Fellow at The Nursing Research and Practice Development Centre (NRPDC) of The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) in Brisbane, where she focuses on the strategic research priorities of pressure injury prevention and falls injury prevention. The NRPDC comprises a team of researchers from ACU and TPCH, led by Professor Paul Fulbrook, with a proven track record in this program of research.

    Sandra is eligible to supervise PhD and BN Honours students, as well as students undertaking research and project units in various Masters programs across ACU. Students are able to select from a range of projects relevant to the research priorities of NRPDC (pressure injury prevention and falls injury prevention), with several projects readily available for students to join the team. As well, students may be able to participate in a Clinical School development and evaluation project.
    Sandra has previously co-supervised students studying nurses' prescription of pressure injury prevention interventions; the relationship between hospital-acquired pressure injuries and a long stay in the emergency department; falls injury risk screening in the ED; skin tear prevalence; examining microbial and protein qualities of prepared and stored infant formula; understanding the experiences of women breastfeeding an infant with tongue tie, decision making about using continuous fetal monitoring for low risk labouring women.

    For her PhD, Sandra conducted a cluster, pragmatic randomised controlled trial examining the effects of a daily sensory motor development program on children's development, behaviour, and academic learning outcomes. Sandra used the research approach, phenomenography, in her Masters research, which sought to understand the phenomenon of clinical experience for postgraduate nurses studying paediatric and child health nursing. She has a level of expertise with several other research designs and approaches.

    Sandra is an approachable and practical research supervisor, who provides solid support and structure for students. She is keen to hear from any student interested in her specialty research areas.

    Phone : (07) 3623 7293 (Brisbane) Email :


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